162. Cold Mountain (2003)

Film 67 in C4 Top 100 War Films

I was dreading this film, for some reason. I never wanted to see it at the cinema, so having to watch it as part of the war films project was not something I was looking forward to.

However, the opening scene, as the Yankees blow up a group of Confederate soldiers, is fabulous. My hopes were raised substantially – maybe it wasn’t going to be that bad after all. And the fighting scenes were quite good – a nice bit of blood and gore, as well as pathos regarding the deaths of the young men all around.

Unfortunately, instead, most of the film concentrated on Nicole Kidman’s poor Southern accent and Renee Zellweger’s equally appalling acting.  Jude Law didn’t even bother trying and sounded English throughout. It was probably for the best.

The film got an extra point for Jack White adding a dash of coolness to it, but otherwise it was boring, far too long and over-indulgent. Plus each time Renee Zellweger swaggered on to the screen I wanted to punch something. This is not a good thing.


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